Mealey's Patents

  • August 10, 2021

    In New York Patent Row, Plaintiff Prevails In Invalidity Challenge

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Just over a month after denying a request by Honeywell International Inc. for a summary judgment of noninfringement, a federal judge in New York on Aug. 9 granted a patent owner’s motion for partial summary judgment, rejecting Honeywell’s assertions of patent invalidity and misuse.

  • August 10, 2021

    Texas Federal Judge Tosses Patent Claims Against ZTE Subsidiaries

    WACO, Texas — A patent owner’s attempt to establish venue based upon two defendants’ alleged installation and servicing of equipment on cell towers and storage of equipment at warehouses located within the Western District of Texas was rejected by a federal judge there on Aug. 9.

  • August 10, 2021

    Ford To Patent Board: Telematics Interface Control Tech Is Obvious

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an Aug. 5 petition for inter partes review, Ford Motor Co. urged the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to cancel several claims of a patented system for controlling the user interfaces of telematics devices.

  • August 09, 2021

    Netflix Tells Patent Board Avago Technology Is Anticipated, Obvious

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In an Aug. 6 petition for inter partes review, Netflix Inc. asks the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to cancel seven claims of a patented “networked, self-configuring communication device.”

  • August 06, 2021

    In Win For Apple, Texas Federal Judge Declares Patent Unenforceable

    MARSHALL, Texas — In an Aug. 5 memorandum supporting his findings of fact and conclusions of law, a federal judge in Texas said patented encryption technology allegedly infringed by Apple Inc. is not enforceable under the doctrine of prosecution laches because the patent owner engaged in “a conscious and egregious misuse of the statutory patent system.”  

  • August 06, 2021

    Panel: Substantial Evidence Supports Induced Patent Infringement Verdict

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an Aug. 5 ruling again vacated a Delaware federal judge’s grant of judgment as a matter of law (JMOL) in favor of a patent defendant accused of induced patent infringement, six months after granting a petition for rehearing in the case.

  • August 05, 2021

    Attorney Fee Award Will Stand In Patent, Lanham Act Dispute

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A North Carolina federal judge’s decision to deny, as untimely, a motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) for relief from an award of attorney fees in a false advertising and false marking case was upheld Aug. 4 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • August 05, 2021

    In Dual Orders, Patent Office Denies Request For Director Review

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The acting director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on Aug. 2 denied requests by a patent challenger and a patent owner for review of two separate final written decisions (FWDs) in the first two cases in which such review was requested following a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

  • August 04, 2021

    Panel Upholds Denial Of Apple Bid To Dismiss Patent Infringement Claims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A divided Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an Aug. 2 ruling agreed with a California federal judge that the bylaws of the University of Michigan (UM) did not effectuate a “present automatic assignment” of a tenured UM professor’s patent rights.

  • August 04, 2021

    Panel Turns Away As Untimely LG Interlocutory Appeal Of Patent Ruling

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Efforts by LG Electronics Inc. and an affiliate to obtain appellate review of a New Jersey federal judge’s denial of their post-trial motions regarding patent infringement, invalidity and willfulness were unsuccessful on Aug. 3, when the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said it lacks jurisdiction in the case.

  • August 04, 2021

    Panel Upholds Dismissal Of Patent Case, Agrees Venue Was Improper

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an Aug. 3 ruling, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said a Texas federal judge correctly dismissed allegations that Victoria’s Secret Stores LLC (Stores) and related entities infringed a patent relating to the display of thumbnails on a webpage.

  • August 03, 2021

    Panel Grants Mandamus, Orders Transfer Of Patent Row To California

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A federal judge in Texas “clearly abused” his discretion in evaluating a motion by patent infringement defendant Hulu LLC to transfer the case to the Central District of California, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Aug. 2.

  • August 02, 2021

    Apple Asks High Court To Look At NHK-Fintiv Rule For Inter Partes Review

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in dismissing its appeal of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) decision to not institute inter partes review (IPR) of disputed patent claims, Apple Inc. tells the U.S. Supreme Court in a July 26 petition for certiorari, with the company arguing that the so-called NHK-Fintiv Rule, under which its quests for IPR and appeal were denied, runs counter to the very purposes of IPR.

  • July 29, 2021

    Google Persuades Federal Judge Tracking Technology Is Ineligible For Patenting

    NEW YORK — In a July 28 order, a federal judge in New York granted Google LLC’s motion to dismiss allegations that the Google Maps platform infringes four patents relating to location history and tracking.

  • July 29, 2021

    Target Hits Back At Patent Owner In Brief Before Federal Circuit

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a July 21 appellee brief, Target Corp. defended a Texas federal judge’s determination that patented location-based trigger technology is invalid as indefinite.

  • July 28, 2021

    Panel Agrees: Patent Board Violated Qualcomm Procedural Rights

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a July 27 ruling, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said the Patent Trial and Appeal Board failed to provide Qualcomm Inc. notice or an adequate opportunity to respond to the board’s construction of a limitation in a patent relating to power tracking supply voltage.

  • July 28, 2021

    Teeth-Scanning Patent Should Be Canceled, Petitioner Tells Board

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A dental 3D scanner company accused of infringing a patented method and system for scanning teeth prior to a dental procedure responded to the accusation by petitioning the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for inter partes review on July 26.

  • July 23, 2021

    Federal Circuit Remands, Reverses In Dispute Over Proppant Container Patent

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In declaring various claims of a patent directed to a container for proppant used during hydraulic fracturing obvious, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board relied on a new theory not previously raised by a petitioner for inter partes review (IPR), requiring reversal, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled July 23.

  • July 22, 2021

    Facebook Takes Aim At Content Management Patent In New Petition

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A patent asserted against Facebook Inc. in California federal court should be canceled as obvious, the social media giant tells the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in a July 20 petition.

  • July 22, 2021

    Petitioner Tells Patent Board Automated Solar Panel Tech Is Obvious

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A claimed “watchdog system” that shuts down or modifies a solar panel system during breakdowns in communication between a central and local controller is unpatentable, a petitioner for inter partes review.

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